December 14–Let’s Count Down…and Calm Down…and Consider JESUS!

In ten days from today it will be Christmas Eve. If that just sent a little (or a big) sense of panic through you about all you still have to get done—sending out cards, buying, wrapping, mailing gifts, planning (and grocery shopping) for special meals and extra guests—then, join me in seeking God’s heart for this season of remembering the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s count down…and calm down…and consider Jesus—He is the Holy One who came to intervene in and interrupt our lives so we would know His love…so we would know His salvation…so we would know His peace. So shhhhhhhhhh…

Consider Jesus…and let the panic of our rushing around to meet the cultural (crazed) expectations for what Christmas should be like—just stop. Let Jesus, the Prince of Peace—the Eternal One rule our hearts, heads, spirits, time, energy, efforts and wallets. Amen!

Yes, let’s count down to Christmas…and stop all of our rushing and panicky pressure that we let take over our thinking and doing far too easily. Instead, let’s count the eternal blessings we have been given from the Almighty Sovereign Lord of all Creation who let nothing stop Him from showing us His passionate, intervening, transforming love for us—not the humility of being born as a helpless human baby…and not the shame of being killed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins for the renewal and redemption of our souls!! Amen!!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,

establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness

from that time on and forever.

The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9:6-7


Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,

who for the joy set before him endured the cross,

scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:2-3 

Let’s Count Down…and Calm Down…and Consider Jesus…in this season and in every season of our lives!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane